History SpiritualSuccessor / LiveActionTV

7th Nov '16 10:41:16 AM CurledUpWithDakka
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* ''Series/TheMiddle'' is one to ''Series/MalcolmInTheMiddle''. The creators don't even try to hide this by...at least giving the show a different name.

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* ''Series/TheMiddle'' is one to ''Series/MalcolmInTheMiddle''. The creators don't even try to hide this by... at least giving the show a different name.
25th Oct '16 6:36:52 AM ClatoLawa
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* ''Driven Crazy'' could be considered a spiritual successor to the first two seasons of ''Series/RoundTheTwist'', both being adapted from short stories by Creator/PaulJennings (unlike the latter two seasons).
24th Sep '16 1:49:08 PM nombretomado
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* ''Fairly Secret Army'' is a "spiritual spin-off" to ''Series/TheFallAndRiseOfReginaldPerrin''. It was created by David Nobbs, and the lead character, Major Harry Truscott, played by Geoffrey Palmer, was essentially Palmer's ''Perrin'' character, Major Jimmy Anderson, without the "bit of a cock-up" catchphrase. However, ''Fairly Secret Army'' was a ChannelFour show, while the rights to ''Perrin'' characters remained with Creator/TheBBC.

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* ''Fairly Secret Army'' is a "spiritual spin-off" to ''Series/TheFallAndRiseOfReginaldPerrin''. It was created by David Nobbs, and the lead character, Major Harry Truscott, played by Geoffrey Palmer, was essentially Palmer's ''Perrin'' character, Major Jimmy Anderson, without the "bit of a cock-up" catchphrase. However, ''Fairly Secret Army'' was a ChannelFour Creator/Channel4 show, while the rights to ''Perrin'' characters remained with Creator/TheBBC.
9th Sep '16 10:21:32 PM RAMChYLD
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* Series/WhiteRabbitProject has been dubbed the spiritual successor of ''Series/{{Mythbusters}}'' due to it taking taking on a similar premise and starring the universally fan-loved build team from the predecessor.
29th Aug '16 8:30:35 AM RippenFan33
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* Series/NightCourt could be considered one for Series/BarneyMiller as it focuses on the wacky misadventures of the staff of a New York city courthouse and also mixes comedy with some dramatic moments(though it also goes outside the courtroom more than the latter show did). The series' creator, the late Reinhold Weege, was a writer for BM, and several actors like Kenneth Tigar, Florence Halop & Florence Stanley appeared on both shows.
28th Aug '16 11:53:31 AM nombretomado
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* ''Series/LifeWithBoys'', although a CanadianSeries broadcast on Creator/{{Nickelodeon}} with a low concept, can be considered a SpiritualSuccessor to the glory years of 2006-2007-era DisneyChannel [[KidCom kidcoms]] like ''Series/HannahMontana'', ''Series/TheSuiteLifeOfZackAndCody'' and ''Series/ThatsSoRaven'' in feel and in comedy, as it was created by ''Hannah'' creator Michael Poryes, features plenty of [[ZanyScheme zany schemes]], [[CoolLoser cool losers]] and SiblingRivalry (though that can be said of many [[KidCom KidComs]]), and co-stars ''Series/CoryInTheHouse'' alum Madison Pettis. Star Torri Webster seems to have a very Music/MileyCyrus-like charisma and energy, and Creator/EmilyOsment got to guest-star as herself in one episode.

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* ''Series/LifeWithBoys'', although a CanadianSeries broadcast on Creator/{{Nickelodeon}} with a low concept, can be considered a SpiritualSuccessor to the glory years of 2006-2007-era DisneyChannel Creator/DisneyChannel [[KidCom kidcoms]] like ''Series/HannahMontana'', ''Series/TheSuiteLifeOfZackAndCody'' and ''Series/ThatsSoRaven'' in feel and in comedy, as it was created by ''Hannah'' creator Michael Poryes, features plenty of [[ZanyScheme zany schemes]], [[CoolLoser cool losers]] and SiblingRivalry (though that can be said of many [[KidCom KidComs]]), and co-stars ''Series/CoryInTheHouse'' alum Madison Pettis. Star Torri Webster seems to have a very Music/MileyCyrus-like charisma and energy, and Creator/EmilyOsment got to guest-star as herself in one episode.
31st Jul '16 12:14:58 PM nombretomado
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* ''Series/{{Gotham}}'' can be one to ''Series/{{Smallville}}'', since both are prequels based on {{DC Comics}}. However, Smallville stars a younger Franchise/{{Superman}}, while Gotham focuses more on the Franchise/{{Batman}} mythos.

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* ''Series/{{Gotham}}'' can be one to ''Series/{{Smallville}}'', since both are prequels based on {{DC Comics}}.Creator/DCComics. However, Smallville stars a younger Franchise/{{Superman}}, while Gotham focuses more on the Franchise/{{Batman}} mythos.
15th Jul '16 5:47:22 AM LondonKdS
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* ''Series/DoctorWho'': The UNIT stories clearly draw from ''Franchise/{{Quatermass}}'', with the Third Doctor taking on the Quatermass role of a cantankerous scientific advisor aiding military authorities to repel aliens invading Britain, while hampered by the occasional ObstructiveBureaucrat. In fact we're first introduced to TheBrigadier in [[Recap/DoctorWhoS5E5TheWebOfFear "The Web of Fear"]], which, like ''Quatermass and the Pit'', featured an alien menace in UsefulNotes/TheLondonUnderground. The 2009 Easter special, [[Recap/DoctorWhoS30E15PlanetOfTheDead "Planet of the Dead"]], has a direct ShoutOut by having a geeky UNIT scientist name a unit of measurement after Bernard Quatermass.
** ''Doctor Who'' has been going on [[LongRunners for long enough]] to have some stories be spiritual successors ''[[UpToEleven to previous stories from the same show]]''. For instance, [[Recap/DoctorWhoS31E3VictoryOfTheDaleks "Victory of the Daleks"]] heavily draws inspiration from [[Recap/DoctorWhoS4E3ThePowerOfTheDaleks "The Power of the Daleks"]].

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* ''Series/DoctorWho'': The UNIT stories clearly draw from ''Franchise/{{Quatermass}}'', with the Third Doctor taking on the Quatermass role of a cantankerous scientific advisor aiding military authorities to repel aliens invading Britain, while hampered by the occasional ObstructiveBureaucrat. In fact we're first introduced to TheBrigadier in [[Recap/DoctorWhoS5E5TheWebOfFear "The Web of Fear"]], which, like ''Quatermass and the Pit'', featured an alien menace in UsefulNotes/TheLondonUnderground. The 2009 Easter special, [[Recap/DoctorWhoS30E15PlanetOfTheDead "Planet of the Dead"]], has a direct ShoutOut by having a geeky UNIT scientist name a unit of measurement after Bernard Quatermass.
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Quatermass. Earlier, "Remembrance of the Daleks" had a slightly more subtle shout out with a reference to "Bernard" and his British Rocket Group. It should be noted that Quatermass creator Creator/NigelKneale strongly disapproved of ''Doctor Who'': not because he thought that it was ripping off his show, but because he thought that it was too irresponsibly horrific for a series marketed to an all-ages audience, whereas his series were marketed solely to adults.
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''Doctor Who'' has been going on [[LongRunners for long enough]] to have some stories be spiritual successors ''[[UpToEleven to previous stories from the same show]]''. For instance, [[Recap/DoctorWhoS31E3VictoryOfTheDaleks "Victory of the Daleks"]] heavily draws inspiration from [[Recap/DoctorWhoS4E3ThePowerOfTheDaleks "The Power of the Daleks"]].


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* It may or may not have been deliberate, but ''Series/{{Farscape}}'' is essentially ''Series/BlakesSeven'' with an actual budget, a cruder sense of humour, and more explicit sexuality. Both series are about a bickering team of eccentric and morally-questionable {{Nominal Hero}}es, most of whom are escaped criminals, on the run from an oppressive government in a SapientShip, and sometimes managing to do good, at times by complete accident.
10th Jun '16 9:21:21 PM Schroeder1174
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** Both series also share much in common, at least in the concept of twin sisters with opposing personalities, with ''Series/ThePattyDukeShow''. Also similarly to TPDS, Dove Cameron plays both "sister" roles. Patty Duke herself once appeared in an episode as their grandmother and her twin sister.

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** Both series also share much in common, at least in the concept of twin sisters relatives with opposing personalities, with ''Series/ThePattyDukeShow''. Also similarly to TPDS, Dove Cameron DoveCameron plays both "sister" "twin" roles. Patty Duke herself once appeared in an episode as their grandmother and her twin sister.
5th Jun '16 2:14:53 PM nombretomado
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** ''PushingDaisies'' is the third (unsuccessful) series created by Bryan Fuller and is seen as a sucessor to both ''Dead Like Me'' and ''Wonderfalls''.

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** ''PushingDaisies'' ''Pushing Daisies'' is the third (unsuccessful) series created by Bryan Fuller and is seen as a sucessor to both ''Dead Like Me'' and ''Wonderfalls''.
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